Tributes and honors scheduled for former Florida governor Reubin Askew

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Former Florida Gov. Reubin Askew
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The body of the late Gov. Reubin Askew will be brought to the old Capitol as part of a series of memorials.

Askew, who served as governor from 1971 to 1979, died Thursday.

Askew's body will be at the Capitol on Tuesday for officials to pay respects. Leaders including Gov. Rick Scott will be on hand.

A memorial service is scheduled at a Tallahassee church on Wednesday.

Askew will be buried with full military honors on Friday in Pensacola. He moved there when he was eight and represented the community when he was in the Legislature.

Askew rose from obscurity to become the Democrats' surprise gubernatorial nominee in 1970. His eight years in office coincided with the end of the Vietnam War, Watergate and dramatic social change across the nation.

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